Three people, including two Illinois State University alumni, will be recognized Saturday for their professional achievement and public service as recipients of the Order of Lincoln. The awards are the state’s highest honor and will be presented to Doug Collins, Robert Fraley and Donald McHenry at the Lincoln Academy 56th Annual Convocation.
Barring something unforeseen, Young will become the 145th player in NBA history to appear in 1,000 games Wednesday night against the San Antonio Spurs. That total includes those who played games in the defunct American Basketball Association. It’s a select group. It speaks to longevity, durability and accountability. Talk to people who have played with or coached Young and you’ll hear them gush just like LaVine did. NBC Sports Chicago talked to Doug Collins and Nate McMillan, two coaches who spent three seasons with Young with the Philadelphia 76ers and Indiana Pacers, respectively.
Doug Collins, spent 2010-13 with Young: He’s one of the neatest men I’ve ever been around in my entire life. Obviously, we know what kind of player he is. But he’s a special person too. He would do anything for your team to win. I remember when I took the Philly job, I called him on the phone and introduced myself to him. I said, ‘Thad, I promise I’m going to get the best out of you. That’s my promise to you.’ And he said, ‘Coach, I’m ready to go to work.’ That’s sort of his manta.
When I first went to Philadelphia, I was trying to figure out how I could best put the team together. And I sat with our coaches. And I went to Lou Williams and Thaddeus Young and said, ‘You’re two of our five best players. Will you come off the bench so we could have one of the best benches in the NBA?’ I told them you’re not going to start but I promise you that you’ll play at the end of the game. Well, Thaddeus finished third and Lou sixth in Sixth Man of the Year voting. I can compare his durability to my career where I was a guy who was hurt quite frequently late in my career. It’s so important to be available for your team every night. It used to break my heart that I couldn’t play because I was hurt. Thad takes care of himself. You know what you’re going to get from him every night. Especially in the days of load management, that’s such an accomplishment. This season is where durability is going to come into play. When you’re playing 19 games in 37 days, now you really need to count on people who are going to be there for you every night. I don’t want to in any way jinx that, but he answers the bell, man. He’s there.
Paul Pierce, Doug Collins, Michael Cooper and Lauren Jackson headline the group of first-time nominees for the 2021 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class, announced Tuesday on ESPN’s The Jump. Also joining the first-time group is Howard Garfinkel, Lou Henson, Val Ackerman and Yolanda Griffith, to go with popular returning candidates Chauncey Billups, Chris Bosh, Richard Hamilton, Becky Hammon, Swin Cash and Ben Wallace.
June 2, 2020 | 10:19 am EDT Update
“I don’t know of anybody who ever set a meaner screen,” former shooting guard Doug Collins of the rival Philadelphia 76ers once said of him. Mr. Unseld, who died June 2 at 74, was the most important figure in the history of the franchise that morphed from the Baltimore Bullets to the Washington Bullets to the Washington Wizards. The cause was complications from pneumonia, the team announced. No other details were immediately available.